Kersti Abrams - alto sax, flute, mqrunah
Thomas Harrison Junior - basses
Andrew Joron - theremin
Mark Pino - drums, electronics
Annelise Zamula - tenor sax, flute
Beth Schenck - alto sax
Bill Noertker - contrabass
Jason Levis - drums
Bassist/composer Bill Noertker has been active in the Bay Area jazz and avant-garde scene since the late 1980s.
Since 2001, he has lead his own ensemble, Noertker's Moxie, as a forum for compositions inspired by visual artists such as Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró, architect Antoni Gaudí, poet Rainer Maria Rilke, sculptor David Beck, and others. Noertker has composed over 175 pieces of music for this group and has released eleven CDs, including three volumes of his extended suite Sketches of Catalonia, three volumes of his extended Blue Rider Suite, and two volumes of his druidh series.
He has also composed music for three films that showcase the intimately-scaled sculptures of David Beck, composed the score for a Nikos Koumoundouros film that screened at the Festival de Cannes 2010, and most recently scored the Olympia Stone film “Curious Worlds: the Art and Imagination of David Beck.”
Annelise Zamula started on flute at age 11 and picked up sax at 14 after falling in love with jazz. She studied classical flute with the late Wallace Mann of the National Symphony while in her teens. After moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, she studied flute with Matt Marvuglio.
Annelise has performed with numerous groups in the Bay Area, including the Riffrats, Moodswing Orchestra, Montclair Women’s Big Band, Connie Champagne and Her Tiny Bubbles, Carwash, The Strayhorns, Golden Gate Park Band, and more.
In 1996 she joined the Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet (BTMSQ) and toured the U.S. and Europe with the group, as well as recording a CD, Sunshine Bundtcake, which was released in March 2000. She has played live radio shows with BTMSQ and the After the End of the World Coretet, both in Europe and at the Bay Area’s own KPFA, KUSF, KALX, and KPOO. With BTMSQ, Ms. Zamula performed with the Indigo Girls on their West Coast tour of 1997, including a performance at the Lilith Fair in Vancouver; at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, and with the Pat Graney Dance Company.
She co-founded the After the End of the World Coretet and composed some of the songs released on the group’s two CDs, Quaternity and 13. Annelise currently performs with Big Lou's Dance Party, Noertker's Moxie, and the Berkeley Saxophone Quartet.
Saxophonist Beth Schenck has played or plays with:
Duo: Guthrie Project: Matt Wrobel, Trio: Eivind Opsvik + Jeff Davis, Kelly Watson, Phil Rodriguez Group (Underbelly), Andrew D'Angelo's Big Band, Duo with Cory Smythe, Industrial Jazz Group, Jason Ajemian, Edward Ratliff, and Mariel Berger.
The music of composer, drummer, and percussionist Jason Levis lives in the rich spaces where styles intersect and musical languages merge. His career began playing guitar in a high school reggae band, and he has since broadened his artistic scope to include jazz, contemporary improvisation, and modern classical composition. His wide-ranging creative efforts are skillfully bound by his innate sense of timbre, sonic space, rhythmic force, and his insatiable interest in discovery. Over the years his passion and curiosity have led him to search out the intersections of musical paths less traveled, and the resulting unique perspective is reflected in his music. Levis holds a Ph.D. in composition from the University of California, Berkeley and is an Associate Professor at the California Jazz Conservatory. He is active as a performer and composer in the United States and Europe.
M-KAT is an improvisational quartet whose explorations draw upon avant-jazz, tribal-world, and space music sources.
Kersti Abrams plays alto sax, flute and mqrunah. She is based in SF and has been performing in recent years with Cartoon Justice/Voi Maa.
Thomas Harrison Junior has basses and likes to make them vibrate.
Andrew Joron plays theremin and is also active as a poet and science-fiction writer.
Mark Pino plays drums and electronics. Active in the SF Bay Area music scene, Mark loves to play within interactive, dynamic bands. M-KAT Ensemble provides plenty of opportunity for the kind of musical questing that Mark desires.
M-KAT's original outing, when they were billed as "Cosmists," can be heard here: